INQToday: PH-US up military pacts after China’s ‘serious escalations’ in WPS
The Philippines and the United States agree to intensify military engagements following China’s “serious escalation” in the West Philippine Sea.
A joint statement from the defense departments of both countries said Friday that this agreement was reached by Philippine defense chief Gilberto Teodoro Jr. and US defense chief Lloyd Austin III in a phone conversation.
The Chinese Embassy in Manila says tension between the Philippines and China was inflated by the United States.
In a strongly-worded statement, the Chinese Embassy branded US’ actions as a “sinister attempt to endorse the Philippines’ act of infringement and provocation.”
Authorities say a “police officer” is a person of interest behind the disappearance of Miss Grand Philippines 2023 contestant Catherine Camilon.
Brigadier General Paul Kenneth Lucas, Police Regional Office – Calabarzon (PRO-Calabarzon) director, revealed in the statement that based on the significant development on the case “investigation leads to a person of interest which later identified as a police officer.”